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Special Services

We believe that all students can and must have an opportunity to reach their potential.  We provide a full continuum of services in the areas of Special Education and Section 504.  These services are provided to students who meet specific eligibility requirements outlined by the Federal and State Rules and Regulations.  An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in collaboration with parents, general education teachers, and special services staff on an annual basis.
 
Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.  Questions about the identification, assessment and placement of students should be directed to Clodagh McCall, Director of Special Services at (630) 827-4428.
 
Interpreter Services
Public school districts are required to take whatever action is necessary to facilitate a parent or guardian’s understanding of and participation in IEP and Section 504 meetings. This includes the provision of interpreter services for parents/guardians whose native language is not English or a sign language interpreter for parents/guardians who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the absence of qualified interpreters on staff, school districts may use outside vendors, including telephonic interpreters. Parents/guardians have the right to request that an interpreter provided by the school district serve no other role during an IEP or Section 504 meeting, and the school district must make reasonable efforts to comply with that request.  To request an interpreter or if you have any questions or complaints about interpretation services, please contact Yvette Policastro at 630-827-4431.
 
SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
 
The Special Services Department supports parents, teachers, related service personnel and administrative staff in the location, identification and provision of educational services.  
 
Clodagh McCall, Director of Special Services - cmccall@sd44.org
 
Kristine Goebbert, Assistant Director of Special Education - kgoebbert@sd44.org
Supporting Butterfield Elementary, Glenn Westlake Middle School, Out of District, and CASE/SASED students 
 
Tiffany Becker, Assistant Director of Special Education - tbecker@sd44.org
Supporting Park View Elementary, Pleasant Lane Elementary, Manor Hill Elementary, and William Hammerschmidt Elementary Schools
 
Maura Burns, Assistant Director of Special Education - mburns@sd44.org
Supporting Madison Elementary School
 
Sandy Osborn, Administrative Assistant, Special Services - sosborn@sd44.org
 
Yvette Policastro, Administrative Assistant to Director of Special Services - ypolicastro@sd44.org
 
Public Act 102-0134
Per Illinois Public Act 102-0134, the district shall provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for the Crisis Text Line. That information can be found below, as well as inside our "Inside Your Schools" Handbook
 
 
1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Wikipedia
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
 
Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line | Center for Literacy | University of Illinois Chicago
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
Free 24/7 support at your fingertips.